A full range of acupuncture and massage services and products
we supply in our clinic can be found below.
ACUPUNCTURE + TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating frequent episodic and chronic tension-type headaches. I 2 large trials, 48% of study participants had their headache frequency reduced when receiving acupuncture and standard care (pain-killers) when a tension headache occurred, compared to 17% who received standard care only. One study showed acupuncture effects can last up to 6 months
Tension-type Headaches “The available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatment sessions can be a valuable option for people with frequent tension-type headaches”. (“Cochrane Review: Acupuncture for Tension Type Headache, Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2016 April 19). hppt://www.cochrane.org/CD007587/SYMPT_acupuncture-tension-type-headache
“The available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatments can be a valuable option for people with migraine” Acupuncture had slightly better results at reducing headache frequency than proven pharmacological options, with fewer side effects. The average migraine days suffered per month reduced by over 40%. These effects were achieved in roughly half of the study participants. http://cochrane.org/CD001218/SYMPT_acupuncture-preventing-migraine-attacks
The “results indicate that acupuncture represents certain clinical effect on knee osteoarthritis, which is superior compared with physiotherapy, and hint the possible roles of acupuncture in promoting cartilage repairing.” There were better pain, stiffness and physical function scores for the acupuncture group as compared to the physiotherapy group.
(“Influence of Acupuncture in Treating Knee Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Repairing”, Am J Transi Res, 2016; 8(9): 3995-4002). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5040698
Nerve injury recovery
This study is related to the effects of acupuncture on peripheral neuropathy (PN). PN is the name for damage to nerves outside the spinal cord. This study showed that acupuncture along the nerve pathway as well as along the governing vessel (over the spine) can induce an environment that may allow the nerves to heal.
“electroacupuncture at Governor vessel acupoints has an immediate therapeutic effect on peripheral nerve injury”
“acupuncture significantly improves motor nerve conduction velocity and amplitude and also promotes functional nerve repair” (Neural Regeneration Research V10, no.1 (2015): 128). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4357096
Acupuncture also appears to accelerate recovery after the use of general anaesthesia.
(“Acupuncture Recovery After General Anesthesia: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial”, J Integr Med. 2015 Mar; 13(2): 99-104).
There is a “strong recommendation” for the use of acupuncture as a first line therapy for lower back pain that is not radiating down the leg (“Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians”, Annals of Internal Medicine, Clinical Guidelines, 4 April 2017). http://annals.org/aim/article/2603228/noninvasive-treatments-acute-subacute-chronic-low-back-pain-clinical-practice
Though if you do have pain radiating down the leg from sciatica, there is good news. This meta-analysis of multiple treatment types shows that acupuncture is more effective than opioids for sciatica (“Comparative Clinical Effectiveness of Management Strategies for Sciatica: Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis”, Spine J.2015 Jun 1; 15(6):1461-77). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24412033
Acupuncture increases the therapeutic effect of anti-depressants, less medication = less side effects (“The Benefit of Combined Acupuncture and Antidepressant Medication for Depression: A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”, J Affect Discord. 2015; 176:106-117) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25704563
“Clinical studies suggest that acupuncture and moxibustion therapy in ulcerative colitis (UC) can regulate bowel inflammation and these treatments have the advantages of low rates of adverse reactions and recurrence as well as long-term efficacy” (“Review of Clinical Studies of the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis Using Acupuncture and Moxibustion”, Gastroenterol Res Pract 2016; 2016:9248529). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articales/PMC5112307/
Gastreoesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Acupuncture is safe and effective in the treatment of GERD
(“Acupuncture for Treatments of Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” BMJ Original paper, Jul 2, 2016).http://aim.bmj.com/content/early/2017/07/07/acupmed-2016-011205.share
A systematic review & meta analysis on the use of acupuncture on adults with obesity is encouraging. Acupuncture was able to reduce both body mass index (BMI) and body fat measurements (BFM) at waist and hip measurements.
“Acupuncture appears to be an effective treatment for simple obesity” (“Acupuncture for the Treatment of Obesity in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” Post Grad Med J 2017 Jul 8). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28689171
Studies investigating individualised treatments based on diagnosis according to traditional Chinese medicine theory concluded; “individualised acupuncture treatment in patients with fibromyalgia proved efficacious in terms of pain relief compared to placebo treatment. The effects persist at one year, and its side effects were mild and infrequent” (“Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia in Primary Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, Acupunct Med 2016; 34: 257-266). http://aim.bmj.com/content/34/4/257